Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins
This dish is a favorite among our friends. We use fresh tomatoes and basil from our own organic garden beds, and we serve dinner outside in the shade of 100-year-old walnut trees near the winery. From "Fresh from Dover Canyon"
- 1 (12 ounce) package rotelle pasta or 1 (12 ounce) package rotini pasta (Rotelli is more traditional, but we’ve also used penne and small rigatoni—anything with a twisted or)
- 1 dash sea salt
- 2 cups tomatoes or 2 cups yellow tomatoes, cubed
- 2 avocados, pitted and cubed (optional)
- 1⁄2 cup basil leaves, torn into 1/2 inch pieces
- 4 ounces parmigiano-reggiano cheese, coarsely grated (We like Reggiano/Parmesan for this salad because it’s slightly salty and adds a lot of flavor, but y)
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (oregano, chives, or basil)
- 1 dash sea salt
- freshly cracked black pepper
- In a large stockpot, bring 8 cups of water and a dash of sea salt to a boil.
- Add the pasta and cook over medium heat according to package directions until al dente, 8 to 12 minutes.
- Remove from heat, rinse pasta with cold water and drain thoroughly.
- Allow to cool.
- In a large, attractive bowl, gently combine the pasta, roma tomatoes, avocado, basil and grated Reggiano/Parmesan.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and herbs.
- Pour over the pasta salad and toss gently.
- Cover with plastic wrap and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.
- Toss again before serving.
- Wine suggestion: Anything from a chilled sauvignon blanc to a mellow white like chardonnay or pinot blanc would go with the light, creamy flavors of this pasta salad, or try gently spicy reds like pinot noir and sangiovese.
Lovely pasta salad! I followed the recipe omitting the avacado and using basil. After tasting the dressing I thought only 1 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar was not nearly enough and added quite a bit more. I also added some sliced red onion. I think next time I would add more vegetables and maybe some garlic to the dressing but the basic flavours in this salad are great. Thank you!
Marvelous salad, Mary. Loved the idea of using my garden's herbs and tomatoes. Summer at its best.